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Details for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians


Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.


  • Report the results of environmental contaminant analyses, and recommend corrective measures to be applied.
  • Review records and reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, and sanitation in order to gather information for the development and enforcement of safety activities.
  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards such as exposure to radiation, chemical and biological hazards, and excessive noise.
  • Verify that safety equipment such as hearing protection and respirators is available to employees, and monitor their use of such equipment to ensure proper fit and use.
  • Conduct fire drills, and inspect fire suppression systems and portable fire systems to ensure that they are in working order.
  • Conduct interviews to obtain information and evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health and sanitation regulations.
  • Confer with school and state authorities and community groups to develop health standards and programs.
  • Educate the public about health issues, and enforce health legislation in order to prevent disease, to promote health, and to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
  • Evaluate situations where a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists, and determine how such situations should be handled.
  • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Help direct rescue and firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
  • Maintain all required records and documentation.
  • Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited and activities performed.
  • Plan emergency response drills.
  • Prepare and calibrate equipment used to collect and analyze samples.
  • Prepare and review specifications and orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.
  • Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the application of safety principles, practices, and techniques in the workplace.
  • Review physicians' reports, and conduct worker studies in order to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
  • Supply, operate, and maintain personal protective equipment.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.



  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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